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2021 Rugby League News

Here’s a chronological look at news from the National Rugby League, Super League and other competitions in 2021.

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April 2021

1st

  • Ben Reynolds joins Leigh Centurions from Toulouse Olympique (2021).

2nd

  • Wigan Warriors Aiden Roden joins Whitehaven RLFC on loan (1 month).

4th

  • Gold Coast Titans confirm they will host Newcastle Knights in Round 5 at CBUS Stadium following the lifting of the Brisbane COVID lockdown.

6th

  • National Rugby League announce the 18th player can be activated when a team has three failed HIA’s, or in the case of foul play. The changes comes into effect from Round 5.
  • England RL announce their 35-man squad in the lead-up to the 2021 RLWC. The team is: John Bateman (Wigan Warriors), Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie (all Warrington Wolves), Niall Evalds (Castleford Tigers), Herbie Farnworth (Brisbane Broncos), Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors), Luke Gale (Leeds Rhinos), Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors), Josh Griffin (Hull FC), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos), Zak Hardaker (Wigan Warriors), Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity), Toby King (Warrington Wolves), Morgan Knowles, Jonny Lomax (both St Helens), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Dom Manfredi (Wigan Warriors), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos), Mark Percival (St Helens), Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford (both Warrington Wolves), James Roby (St Helens), Dan Sarginson (Salford Red Devils), Ryan Sutton (Canberra Raiders), Luke Thompson (Canterbury Bulldogs), Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons), Alex Walmsley (St Helens), Kallum Watkins (Salford Red Devils), Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders), George Williams (Canberra Raiders).
  • Daryl Powell announced as Warrington Wolves head coach for 2022 (ending 2024).

7th

  • Tommy Raudonikis passes away at 70 (13/4/1950-7/4/2021). Former Western Suburbs Magpies, Newtown Jets, Brisbane Brothers player who represented NSW on 24 occasions (1971-1980) and Australia 20 times (1971-1980). Coached Western Suburbs between 1995-1999 and NSW 1997-1998.
  • Wests Tigers to retire number 7 jumper to honour the late Tommy Raudonikis in their upcoming match against the North Queensland Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval.

8th

  • Jake Friend retires from rugby league.
  • Jonny Lomax re-signs with St Helens (2024).
  • Adam Reynolds makes history by kicking the first two-point field goal under the new NRL rule.
  • Jordan Dezaria promoted to Catalans Dragons squad.
  • Cliff Hill passes away at 78 (24/2/1943-8/4/2021). Former Wigan Warriors (1964-1970) and Oldham RLFC (1971-1973) player, one test for Great Britain in 1966.

9th

  • Michael Morgan retires from rugby league.
  • Newcastle Knights Harold Matthews player Elijah Faalua passes away as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

12th

  • Anthony Gelling joins Leigh Centurions (2021).

13th

  • Josh McGuire joins St George-Illawarra Dragons from North Queensland Cowboys (2022).
  • Josh Simms joins Leigh Centurions on-loan from St Helens RLFC (initial two weeks).
  • Brad O’Neill joins Widnes RLFC on-loan from Wigan Warriors (4 weeks)

14th

  • Leo Nosworthy passes away at 93 (1927-2021). 64 games for Balmain (1948-1952) and coached Balmain 116 times (1969-1973) including the premiership winning 1969 Grand Final side.
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